Air Shock Boot


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darryldevaney
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Air Shock Boot

Postby darryldevaney » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:22 am



A couple weeks ago I was replacing my rear brakes when I noticed that the air shock boot was cracked. I took a 1400 mile ride to New Mexico last weekend and now it is now hanging on in 3 pieces. Is there a way to replace the boot without doing the whole shock? Is it OK to just leave it without the boot being sealed (I know it has to be there for a reason, though, right?)?

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby MikeB » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:06 pm

In a word, Yes. There is an inexpensive and available fix. A replacement boot. It is an OEM replacement and it is available from Cyclemax of Ohio http://cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1500_rear_shock_replacement_boot_/245039. $39 plus shipping.

If you want to try your hand at using an aftermarket boot, I am sure there are some out there that can be bought and cut to fit but I really like the OEM approach.
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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby darryldevaney » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:32 pm

Thanks, MikeB, for the info. For some reason I didn't even think to look at their site.
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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby spiralout » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:39 pm

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/RAN0/RS1952/N0960.oap?ck=Search_N0960_-1_1245&pt=N0960&ppt=C0035 will work fine but needs to be cut to length. I see the price has went up, it was only 5 bucks when I got the last one.

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby flyinrob » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:23 pm

I believe the Monroe shock mate 1997 is the one I replaced mine with last year. Was maybe 6.00 at Autozone or Oriellys. Cut a bit off the top and it worked just fine.

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby MikeB » Thu Oct 13, 2016 3:44 pm

flyinrob wrote:I believe the Monroe shock mate 1997 is the one I replaced mine with last year. Was maybe 6.00 at Autozone or Oriellys. Cut a bit off the top and it worked just fine.

Do these aftermarket boots have the same shape as the OEM boot?
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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby flyinrob » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:21 pm

The one from Monroe did. Was just a tad too long, had to trim a bit from it to fit.

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby spiralout » Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:22 pm

MikeB wrote:
flyinrob wrote:I believe the Monroe shock mate 1997 is the one I replaced mine with last year. Was maybe 6.00 at Autozone or Oriellys. Cut a bit off the top and it worked just fine.

Do these aftermarket boots have the same shape as the OEM boot?

Do aftermarket windshields have the same shape as the OEM or aftermarket seats the same shape as OEM? :P
The ends don't have the molded "cup" but they are inexpensive, unlike the claim you made for the OEM one from Cyclemax. I know "inexpensive" is subjective, so let's just say they are a lot more inexpensive ;)
I'm all for you promoting Cyclemax, I've heard nothing but good things about them, but in this case, Western Honda and Partzilla has their price beat for the OEM boot before shipping.

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby MikeB » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:17 pm

It makes no difference where it is purchased from and the price is not a huge issue.
Partzilla and others do sell at a lower price and I could have looked them up too but Cyclemax was one click away.
Unlike other retailers, if it is listed on Cyclemax's site, it is in stock and snipping is fast.

I was not saying anything about windshields or seats, just the boot.
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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby Dennis613l » Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:47 pm

If you are going to replace the rubber boot, might not hurt to replace the oil in the shock also.
Maybe even a good time to take the other saddle bag off too and clean up the air compressor and recharge the desiccant beads too,,,,

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Re: Air Shock Boot

Postby spiralout » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:03 pm

MikeB wrote:It makes no difference where it is purchased from and the price is not a huge issue.
Partzilla and others do sell at a lower price and I could have looked them up too but Cyclemax was one click away.
Unlike other retailers, if it is listed on Cyclemax's site, it is in stock and snipping is fast.

I was not saying anything about windshields or seats, just the boot.

The Rancho boot I used stays tight to the lower eye of the shock so I don't see that it matters if the bottom is the same shape or not. Just like the shape of an aftermarket windshield or whatever might be different, but it still works.
I think the price difference between 7 bucks when you ride by an auto parts store and 40 plus shipping for an OEM boot is a huge issue when you have limited funds. 40 bucks for that piece of rubber is a rip off.




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